Apple saw the most growth in 2010 in terms of the absolute number of applications, but the runner-ups had more growth in terms of percentages, according to a new from Distimo.
The Apple App Store for iPhone doubled it’s total during the past year to almost 300,000 applications, while the total number of applications available for Google Android Market today, almost 130,000, is 6 times the number of applications available one year ago.
BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store showed triple digit growth in the last year as well, to nearly 18,000 applications and 25,000 applications, respectively.
The top 300 free applications in the United States generated, on average, over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid applications are downloaded daily. However, paid downloads increased almost 30% more than free downloads in the top 300 when comparing the download figures of December 2010 to those of June 2010.
Distimo also compared June data to that of December in the United States, it found that the share of revenue generated by in-app purchases from the most grossing free applications more than doubled for both the iPhone and iPad. At the same time, it becomes clear that the share of revenue generated by in-app purchases from free applications is much smaller on iPad (15%) compared to iPhone (34%).